Posted Jun 06 2014 - 12:41 PM
I'd say "think Dune meets Thundercats", but since I'm only marginally familiar with either franchise that may or may not be a very good analogy.
Chima is a fantasy world populated by anthropomorphic animals whose civilization is structured around a magical resource called CHI. Not only are the magical properties of CHI responsible for the evolution of Chima's indigenous wild animals into anthropomorphic animals, but it serves as fuel for all of their technology and a magical power-boost during battle.
The Lion Tribe had the task of distributing CHI to all the animal tribes, but when Cragger the crocodile prince stole some CHI, it created a rift between the tribes, which eventually led to a battle in which Cragger's parents King Crominus and Queen Crunket disappeared into a chasm. Cragger's evil sister Crooler then manipulated Cragger into waging all-out war against the lions to decide who will control the CHI. The various other tribes of Chima took sides in the war. And after that things get sort of complicated!
I'm not terribly invested in the Legends of Chima storyline — I still have to catch up on the TV show, since I somewhat lost interest after the first three episodes, helped by increasing school-related pressure. But the Legends of Chima storybooks by Greg Farshtey are quite good, and the theme does boast some very diverse characters. The sets are also quite nifty, focusing mainly on war machines with lots of brick-built animal motifs. Still, it doesn't speak to me to the same extent that Ninjago does.